More details emerge in Cowboys CB Kelvin Joseph murder investigation

Cornerback Kelvin Joseph #24 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Cornerback Kelvin Joseph #24 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Last Thursday, news broke that Dallas police officers were looking to speak with Dallas Cowboys second-year cornerback Kelvin Joseph in relation to a fatal shooting that happened on March 18. The victim, Cameron Ray, was shot by an unknown person in an SUV after Ray had an altercation with a group of men outside of a nightclub. The Cowboys player was part of the group. At the time of our last article, Joseph was not believed to be the shooter but was requested to talk to the police to get more information about the unsolved murder.

In our last article, we mentioned that the Cowboys encouraged the second-year cornerback to speak with authorities. By Friday afternoon, the Cowboys released a short, official statement. The statement essentially said that the organization was aware of the incident, of Joseph’s involvement, and that the franchise was both in contact with law enforcement and the NFL offices. Joseph’s lawyer, Barry Sorrels, also spoke to the Dallas Morning News. Sorrels told the newspaper that Joseph was present at the altercation and was a passenger in the vehicle from which the gunshots were fired, but ensured that Joseph was not the shooter.

Joseph was a second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and is highly considered to be competing against Anthony Brown for a starting role alongside Trevon Diggs. The 22-year-old spent Friday being questioned by Dallas police. Here is an official statement from Sorrels from Friday afternoon:

"“Kelvin Joseph did not shoot Cameron Ray. Mr. Ray’s death is a tragedy, and Kelvin extends his deepest condolences for the family’s loss. On the night of March 17, Kelvin was unarmed and was not looking for violence. He found himself in a situation that escalated without his knowledge or consent. Along with condolences to the Ray family, Kelvin apologizes to the Dallas community for being anywhere near this type of incident. The investigation is ongoing, and we intend to respect the process.”"

Two people were arrested in relation to the Cameron Ray murder investigation, but Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph was not one of them

After spending hours with the police department on Friday, two arrests were confirmed the next morning. Dallas law enforcement revealed that Aries Jones and Tivione English were both arrested in connection to the homicide. At the time of writing, Joseph has not been charged with any crimes but the investigation is ongoing.

In addition to the continued investigation from the police, the NFL front office is launching an investigation into the situation as well. League executives will work together to see if Joseph violated any NFL rules (such as the personal conduct policy). If the Cowboys’ CB is found to have broken any league rules, he will likely incur a fine and/or suspension.

Joseph not being arrested is good news, but the entirety of this case will likely need to be fully resolved before September if he wants a starting role in Week 1.

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